Smiles all over the trip!
Smiles all over the trip!
All aboard! On this trip, the Indo Siren had a mixed group from the UK, Germany and USA. After a quick orientation we went through the master drill and set up our equipment. In the first day, while we had dinner the guests started to get to know each other. We started our first and second dives in Sangeang island at Bonto Reef . Everybody enjoyed getting wet so that they familiarized with their buoyancy and guides. We saw 15 ornate ghostpipe fish, cuttle fish, a big variety of nudibranch, and frog fish. After lunch, we moved over to Gili Banta for the third dive at K2. Everyone seemed amazed with the corals. What a great start for the week! Some did a night dive at North West of Komodo, called Coral Garden.
Next day, we were still in North West of Komodo and ready to dive at Coral Garden since everyone wondered what it was like to dive it during the day. It was a wonderful dive with mild current where everyone could spread out. We moved to Gili Lawa Laut and ready to have some action as we did our second dive in the channel called Shotgun. Yippie! It offered magnificent creatures such as frogfish, pygmy seahorse, schooling of giant trevalleys, and mobula rays. Our third dive of the day was at Crystal Rock, where the moment was great as we saw sharks and plenty of fish surrounding us. Both dives offered us plenty of opportunities to make great shots.
As the third day of the trip, we went to Makassar Reef to see the manta rays. We saw manta rays and eagle rays. Then, we dove at Batu Bolong. With a good least current we started from the north side with schooling fish, sharks and turtles in action. We managed to go to the other side of the dive site. The afternoon dive was at Tatawa Besar with medium current, so we drifted and explored effortlessly. Night dive was at Wainiloo were we very lucky and could encounter dragonets, strawberry nudibranch and many other night creatures.
The next day didn’t start with diving instead we went to Rinca to watch the Dragons. Everybody was amazed by the Komodo dragons. After that beautiful scenery walk we moved over to Komodo. After breakfast we had a long break because the current slowed us down quite a bit. But then it was time for diving again we went to the same dive site as the night before. We spotted a lot of creatures too. Padar Island was out next destination to do third dive which was Secret Garden. Some would like to dive in a newly explored dive site. The temperature has started to get chill.
We woke up in the Horse Shoe Bay at Nusa Kode/Rinca, the most southern destination of this trip. Now it was time to dress up a bit more because the water temperature here drops down to 23C. We dove at The Boulders with heaps of nudibranch on the boulder. Then, we dove in Cannibal Rock with current ran a bit stronger for the second dive. Yellow Wall for the third dive with stronger current was terrific. Group one came up sooner than expected as they can’t stand strong current. Let us explore coleman shrimp, zebra crabs, dorid nudibranchs, flabelina nudibranchs, barramundi’s, lady bugs, chamberlain nembrotha, glassodoris, chromodoris and sea apples. We actually were lucky and had all day 23 degrees. Even it was colder most of the guests joined the amazing night dive in Torpedo Alley. With the black sand and bobbit worms, arrow crabs, seahorse and many octopus reminded the divers a bit and a freak show.
Next on our schedule was Langkoe, which the southern tip of Komodo Island. Our first and second dives were at Manta Alley. Wow! There were many manta rays. Then, we moved the boat over to Pink Beach where we were lucky enough to find a large yellow frogfish, and many other micro creatures. Later that day, some guests did night dive in the other beach called red beach.
After a good night sleep we arrived in Current City where we dove in Batu Bolong as the first dive, yet, we only did the southern bit. Yeah! It was the ‘fish market’, plenty of fishes to see. For the second dive, we went to Makassar Reef, because the guests were so keen to see manta rays again. Six of them appeared. There were not only manta rays, but also nurse sharks and black tip sharks. We came back to the Indo Siren with big smiles. The third dive was in Tatawa Besar with stronger current compared than the last time we went. An amazing drift dive over soft corals companied by many fish. Wow best ever! Then, we were on the way to Gili Lawa Darat for the night dive. ‘Spanish Slope’ was the name of the dive site. There is a reason behind the name. They spotted Spanish dancers.
Near the end of the trip, we were back to most popular dive sites at Gili Lawa Laut including Castle Rock for the first dive with perfect slow current with many fishes. Everyone enjoyed watching reef sharks and school of giant trevally, etc. Then, we hit Crystal Rock for the second dive with slow to medium current. There were still a lot of fish surrounding us. Shotgun for the third dive with strong current compared to the last time we visited. Yay! More manta rays! Everyone turned with big smile and can’t stop talked about it. We did our last night dive at Coral Garden where micro creatures turned up. We had such a beautiful day!
The last day we were still in north west tip of Komodo island. We had a great chance to dive in different site called Big Nose where there were chances to see pygmy seahorse. Although the current was strong for the first dive, but, we did find denise pygmy seahorse. Our second dive was at K2, Gili Banta. It was filled with micro creatures though. We headed back to Bima as the sea was choppy, but , we managed to get back safely.
We ended the trip with a nice barbeque dinner on the last night aboard the Indo Siren. Happy faces amongst the guests and the crew for a great week in Komodo National Park. Happy ending.